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I Have a Tape/CD I want to use on my site. How do I do that?
Recorded music and sermons cannot be converted into MIDI music files. Recorded music files in formats such as MP3, .wav, Real Audio, and Windows Media are supported by Gold, Silver, and Bronze hosting packages (not Free or Starter sites).

There are three basic steps to including a tape or CD recording on your computer:
  1. Create the audio file on your computer.
  2. Transfer the audio file to your account on the server.
  3. Update your website to link to the audio file.
To create the audio file from a CD, follow these steps: If you are using the Windows Media Player to rip songs from a CD, start the Windows Media Player. Right-click on the Rip tab, move your mouse down to “Tools” and then over to “Options.” On the window that pops up, click the “Rip Music” tab. Select “MP3” for the format, and move the Audio Quality to “Smallest Size” (128 Kbps). Put the CD into your CD player and click the “Rip” tab. MP3 files will be created in a sub-folder inside you’re My Music folder.

To do pseudo-streaming of MP3 files, you will also have to create a text .m3u file for each audio file. Use a text editor such as Notepad, enter a single line with the URL of the audio file, and save that file. For example, if I have an audio file at http://www.MySite.com/web_media/Track1.mp3 I simply put that address into Notepad and save it as Track1.m3u. You can also list more than one file in the m3u text file. They will be played sequentially as you have them listed in your m3u text file. This allows you to break up very large audio files into smaller files and then have them play as one file for your visitors or create compilations of songs. Just list the smaller files in order in the m3u file.

If you are using RealProducer to create RealMedia files or another MP3 encoder, use the instructions that come with that software.

To create the audio file from a tape, follow these steps: First you'll have to connect a tape player to the "line in" input of your sound card. If you want to create a Real Player file, then follow the instructions and help provided with RealProducer or the MP3 encoder software after you've downloaded and installed it. See previous question, "What software to I need?"

If you would like to create a .wav or .mp3 file, any audio recording and editing software will do. We recommend the free software Audacity.

For more information about creating digital audio files, please see the following Christian Web Trends blog article:

http://blog.ourchurch.com/2006/10/17/sounds-from-the-church-sermon-audio-tips/